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Monday Miscellanea

By Dave Haste Last edited 115 months ago
Monday Miscellanea
Blaine in a box

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday15th October 1881: The Royal Comedy Theatre (now simply known as the Comedy Theatre) opens in the West End.
  • Tuesday16th October 1987: In the early hours of the morning, a huge storm of hurricane intensity wreaks havoc across London (and much of the rest of southern England). Wednesday17th October 1814: At the Horse Shoe Brewery on Tottenham Court Road, a colossal vat containing 3555 barrels of beer bursts. The ensuing tsunami of beer causes several nearby buildings to collapse, and results in 8 fatalities – including a dubious report of alcohol poisoning as one man supposedly attempts to stem the tide of beer by drinking it. Thursday18th October 1922: The British Broadcasting Company (later to become the British Broadcasting Corporation, or BBC) is formed, and soon starts broadcasting from Marconi House on the Strand. Friday19th October 2003: After 44 days of being pointless in a perspex box suspended from a crane near Tower Bridge, illusionist David Blaine comes down.

    Random London Fact Of The Week

    In 1797, inspired by emerging Parisian fashions, hatter John Etherington designed a somewhat curious-looking tall cylindrical hat. On walking outside his shop on the Strand, sporting his new creation, he attracted so much attention that a huge crowd gathered. In the crush to get a glimpse of this new fashion, some members of the crowd became unruly, and one man was pushed through a shop window. The police were duly called, and Etherington was arrested for inciting a riot.

    The ‘top hat’ did catch on, though.

    London’s Weather This Week

    If the forecasters are to be believed, it’s going to continue to be quite mild for a couple of days, albeit with the chance of rain tomorrow, but then the nighttime temperatures will drop a bit. Turn the heating up a bit on Wednesday.

    Picture taken from haleyhughes’ Flickr photostream under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial licence.

    Last Updated 15 October 2007